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QUESTION: What is this new mystery pest in my kitchen around the microwave counter & under fridge? 1st I thought it was a mouse droppins ewwwwwwwww.......but then they started crawling away. I keep it clean and am using only Spray I have ant & roach, but these lil guys are not even close.  HELP HELP.
Thanks so much,

ANSWER: Melody,

Can you post a picture of the mystery bug?

Jack DeAngelis

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QUESTION: How's this?

I can't see any patterns but the size and shape (and crawling behavior) are correct for carpet beetle larvae (see These beetles infest stored foods and can be especially common where dry pet food is stored. Check areas where dry food is stored, once you locate the infestation usually disposal and cleaning is all that is needed. They are otherwise harmless, don't bite or indicate unsanitary or damp conditions.

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.


20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.


Ph.D. in Entomology

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